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Himachal’s Sex Sorted Semen Facility Centre to Help Get Rid of Stray Cattle, Will Encourage Animal Husbandry Activities: Govt

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Shimla-State government is soon going to set up Rs. 47.50 crore sex-sorted semen facility Centre in the State with the financial support of Government of India. The Central Government will provide 90 percent assistance and the state government will contribute remaining 10 percent, informed the state government.

In this centre, injections of indigenous breed cows will be developed. It will help in preparing sex-sorted semen available in large quantities so that most offspring born is female. The government said 740 Kanal Land have been identified to set up this centre in Lamlehri of Kutlehar assembly constituency. The Project Sanctioning has approved setting up of this centre in the state.

The government claimed that with the commissioning of this project, farmers will get relief from stray cattle as after the mechanization of agriculture, the usage of ox for agricultural purposes has been reduced drastically and due to this reason, male calves are abandoned on the roads. This facility will also provide relief to farmers from stray cattle causing damages to the crops in rural areas, the government claimed.

Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Animal Husbandry Virender Kanwar said that the state government is providing subsidy for the purchase of cows, goat and sheep etc.  Also, he said, 85 percent subsidy to below poverty line (BPL) farmers and 60 percent subsidy to other farmers for the purchase of goats are being given. For this scheme, he said, Rs. 6 crores will be spent during this financial year 2019-20. The state government will also establish Murah buffalo farm by spending Rs. 11 crores under ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’. Further, he added, a Gokul Gram will also be established at the cost of Rs. 34 crores.

The state government has proposed to automated milk chilling units (AMCU) to all the co-operative societies. In addition to this, 50 thousand litres a day milk processing plants will be established in Duttnagar and Chakkar.

To promote natural farming in the state, a subsidy of 50 percent with maximum limit will be given to buy indigenous cows. He said Rs. 2 crores will be spent on Embryo Transfer Technology for protecting and promoting Sahiwal and Red-Sindhi breeds of cows. For breeding Sahiwal and Red-Sindhi breeds of cows, centre will be established by spending Rs. 11 crores.

To help farmers indulged in animal rearing, in getting rid of inbreeding problem, and increasing wool productivity by importing improved breeds of sheep, Rs. 8 crores have been sanctioned under ‘Rashtriya Pashu Dhan Mission’, he added.

 

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COVID-19 Update: Himachal Reports 20 Cases Including a 7-Month-Old, One Death

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Himachal Prades - Daily COVID Case Update

Shimla: According to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s daily COVID-19 bulletin, on May 25 (9:00 PM), 20 persons were tested positive in various districts. Eight cases including a 7-year-old and her mother tested positive in Kangra. Four persons, including three residents of Matyana and one of Kotkhai in Shimla district, also tested positive

Himachal Pradesh -Daily COVID-19 District wise cases

While Chamba district also reported four new cases, three persons tested positive in Bilaspur. Rest, a pregnant woman was found to be COVID-19 positive in Hamirpur.

Including these new cases, the State tally for COVID-19 has reached 223, of which 151 are active cases. So far, 63 patients have recovered, five died, and four migrated to outside the State for treatment.

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Curfew in Himachal’s Various Districts Could be Extended After May 31, State Today Reports its 5th COVID-19 Death and 14 New Cases

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fifth corona death in Himachal pradesh on may 25

Shimla– The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Himachal Pradesh has reached 217 on May 25 (5:00 PM) as 14 new cases were reported today.

Following the death of a woman at IGMC, Shimla, on Sunday, the State recorded its fifth COVID-19 death on Monday as woman, who was a kidney patient, died at the Nerchowk Medical College. The Medical Superintendent, Dr Devender, has confirmed the report.

Out of five deceased patients, three were suffering from kidney-related medical conditions. It’s pertinent to mention that, as per health experts and researchers, COVID-19 infection is more lethal for chronic kidney patients.  

Further, today, three persons who had returned from Mumbai, tested positive in Shimla’s Chopal.

Six cases were reported from Kangra including two from Dadh area, two from Jaisinghpur, and one from Pudwa area of the district. Four tested positive in Chamba, and a pregnant woman was also found to be positive for COVID-19 in Hamirpur district.

Majority patients were under institutional quarantine or isolation facilities. 

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases Till May 25, 2020 (5:00 PM)

 Himachal pradesh-Covid-19 District wise cases

Curfew Extended in Various Districts After May 31

Further, the Cabinet, in its meeting held on May 23, authorized all the District Magistrates of the State under the proviso of Sub-Section (4) of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 to extend the order issued by them under Section 144(1) of the Code upto 30th June, 2020. 

District Magistrates cannot impose curfew in their respective districts for more than two months. However, since the two months time has completed on 24 May and the Corona pandemic was still not over in the state, it was felt that situation could arise when the curfew has to be extended further, the Government said. 

At present the curfew is enforce till 31 May, 2020 and thereafter the District Magistrates  will  take further action in this matter, the State Government said on May 25.

Hamirpur district was unaffected till April 17 – the day it reported its first two cases.

The district reported only three cases till May 7. It’s third case on May 8. By May 25, the district has reported 63 cases-  highest  in the State.

On May 5, the district reported its first COVID-19 death as a 21-year-old patient, who was suffering from kidney-related disease, died at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.

On May 15, Hamirpur reported its second death as a 52-year-old died at Nerchowk Hospital. Till May 14, the district had reported only seven confirmed cases.

However, on May 21, Hamirpur surpassed Kangra district in terms of the number of cases as 31 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day. On this day, the State also witnessed its highest 42 cases in a single day. Till May 21, Hamirpur’s COVID-19 tally was 46.

According to the official bulletin of the State Health Department, on May 25, the district’s tally had risen to 63 with 57 active cases. For the State, total number active cases is 146 as 62 people have recovered, five died, and four migrated to outside State for treatment. 

Majority patients were returnees who were stranded in other States of the country, especially Mumbai and Delhi

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Private Bus Operators in Himachal Refuse to Start Operating from June 1 Unless Govt Provides Relief

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Private bus operators in Himachal Pradesh deny running buses

Shimla-Private bus operators in Himachal Pradesh have expressed dissent  with the State Government’s order to ply both Government and private buses from June 1, 2020. The Cabinet had decided to start public transport in the entire State in a meeting held on May 23.

But the various unions of private transporters held a video conference with the State President of the private bus operator union, Rajesh Parashar, on Sunday and decline to ply buses. The meeting was attended by representatives of district unions of Sirmaur, Shimla, Kullu, Chamba, Una, Kangra, and Bilaspur. A total of 150 operators attended the conference and took this decision to not start operating from July 1.

They complained that it’s not feasible for them to ply buses with only 60 percent occupancy as directed by the State Government.

Also, they said, the Government has not provided any relief to the private operators.

They also complained of discrimination while providing relief. The Government has announced crores of financial relief to the HP Road Transportation Corporation (HRTC) and the staff is also insured, they said.  It’s not justified to not announce any relief for private bus operator despite the fact that they are also involved in facilitating the movement of people stranded in the State to their homes.

The operators have demanded that the Government should talk to them and provide some sort of relief, like bank loans on low-interest rates. They have also raised a demand to make a hike in bus fares.

There are drivers/conductors who depend solely on private buses for their livelihood, and it would not be feasible for them to start operating with only 60 percent occupancy, the operators said.  

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